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    • CommentAuthorUrbanAngel
    • CommentTimeMay 25th 2009
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    You didn't... You did NOT. You did not just do that.
    *glares at you*
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    • CommentAuthorUrbanAngel
    • CommentTimeMay 25th 2009
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    Eddie Current: [...] Kolfinnia Kokokoho Titching
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      CommentAuthorStoto
    • CommentTimeMay 25th 2009
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    Saturday was a lot of fun because everyone we met was so bloody nice. Despite having to go to work the next day feeling a bit hungover, I felt like a dog with two dicks.
    Looking forward to the next one.
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    everyone we met was so bloody nice.

    I agree wholeheartedly there - I ended up mates with about 7 people who i'd never met before this. Two of them were from Birmingham, and the fact that I met another four of them on the train meant I saved about 2 hours waiting in line, since they had some friends already there.

    Heh, funnily enough the only aggression I encountered was when some people thought I tried to cut in line for Warren, when actually I'd just stopped to use my phone.
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    MCM expo was first convention type thing I have ever been to and was almost overwhelmed by it (That and my contacts were giving me motion sickness, sorry if I gave anyone a funny look because of it!). Plus- only other time I've attempted to get something signed was at the Green Wing Series 1 DVD thingmebob, so meeting Paul and Warren was a pretty big highlight to my geek fan life so far.
    I was amazed that I managed to spend less at the expo than I did on my rail fare, I'm thanking the independent publishers and 30p comics for this. Dread to think how much the 2ft high stack of tokyopop manga cost I saw someone reading outside was...

    I'm glad the outfit went down well, almost chickened out but realised it couldn't be as bad as the time I was dressed as Magenta on a train to a party (doesn't seem bad but pretty scary on your own). I had a slight sense of pride going about as a character that wasn't from some (no names mentioned) mainstream manga or anime.
    What was the turnout for the drinking afterwards? Sounded like my kind of thing, attempting to drink people under the table that is. Maybe next time?

    @Urban Angel Thanks for putting up the photos! Your craftsmanship on the outfit was amazing, wish I'd paid attention in textiles all those years ago now. Also, do you know who the Jack person is in relation to Whitechapel? I'm quite puzzled.
    @Encephalo Ray I wasn't sure how many people in the signing queue were going to be familiar with FreakAngels at first so I'm glad someone got it!

    I want to draw now but I really should be revising network topologies and database jargon instead. Bugger bugger.
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    Both costumes look damn good.

    I believe that a 2ft pile of manga costs around about £175. Using a ruler, a copy of Scott Pilgrim and the assumption manga costs about £7.
    • CommentAuthorOrpheus
    • CommentTimeMay 25th 2009
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    Jack reporing in. Im in the photo with urban angel and our good man Warren.
    Also, the costume still needed the right trousers. And a hair cut.

    Im glad i did a bit of cosplaying. I bottled out at first, as people could see my nipples and the tattoo didnt come out as well. I got changed after lunch once urbanangel gave me a wave after spotting the tattoo.

    Also, on reflection i think i should have bought my copy of Freakangels for signing. (I actually handed Warren the page he was in the leaflet to sign... deary me)
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    Consider your self lucky that you have cosplaying options. With my hair they're limited.

    I could do Spider Jerusalem from the first few pages of Transmetropolitan, but I don't think anyone would notice anything different about me.
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    @warrenellis
    In other words, the kids are being madder than usual. Again.

    @UrbanAngel

    I'm actually way too plump to play Kirk.

    Koko Finny. (RUNS-- straight into the arse eel spawning pit!)
    • CommentAuthorDan Kelly
    • CommentTimeMay 26th 2009
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    Ah so it was UrbanAngel I was queuing behind.

    I had a very brief dive-in dive-out and wander as we had a thing the next day that needed organising.

    I did however get my original page of Lazarus Churchyard signed by our erstwhile host. He seemed to like it.

    The Expo freaked me out a bit. i've been going to Bristol for the last 5/6 years and this really brought home just how niche "comics" have become and how far away from "the kids" that niche lies. The number of costumes from Games/Films/Anime showed some real buy-in to the respective genres.

    I did find the Free Hugs a bit creepy for some reason. Also the bearded men as Anime girls. But the less said about them the better....
    • CommentAuthorUrbanAngel
    • CommentTimeMay 26th 2009
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    The "Free Hugs" signs are there every year. We planned on taking a "Free Slaps" sign this year but never got around to it.
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      CommentAuthorsillypunk
    • CommentTimeMay 26th 2009
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    hee, last year there were signs directing people to McKelvie's table and when you got there, they had a sign saying something very different :D

    i think they wrote 'no hugs!' or some such in my copy of surburban glamour as well. :D

    i was amused anyway.
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    Mmm. The Free Hugs didn't bother me nearly as much as the heavily made-up children carrying signs reading "Free Emo" or "Hug the emo", shouting out to passers by in a put on American accent to mask the Londoner in their voice. Because, you know, it's cool to do that these days.

    Does anyone know if that Ben Kennedy boy was found? "Ben Kennedy to S6 immediately"?
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      CommentAuthorsillypunk
    • CommentTimeMay 26th 2009
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    hee hee!!!

    nothing like being paged by your mom.
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    Haha, I know! Marc Ellerby wasn't happy, though. The tannoy kept interupting him at the webcomics panel.
    • CommentAuthorjimchud
    • CommentTimeMay 26th 2009
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    well thanks to W and Paul, was great to be able to get my stuff signed and have a chat with both.
    it was dead funny though every time Ellerby got the mic the tannoy went off. By the end he was shouting we hate you!!! S6, S6!!!! dead amusing.

    only met a few of the whitechapelers but had a good chat with urbanangel who was very nice :)
    the free hugs stuff has been there for years... through the day you see signs degrade to free fluggles or what ever the chuff all the way to please just touch me....! i'm not sure its safe to be there in the later part of the day though i've not been attacked by a flood of teens looking for a hug or fluggle or whatever the chuff. i think the scariest thing was the fact that last year there was a hell of alot of people with wooden paddles?! scary!

    @ Warren: Spider isnt retired.. never! he's just lurking!
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    all the way to please just touch me

    Heh, one of them actually said something very similar.

    Is this an annual thing, or is it bi-annual, or is it just whenever the organisers think it might be fun to hold?
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      CommentAuthorCuriosity
    • CommentTimeMay 26th 2009 edited
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    warrenellis: Someone could have told me that my shirt in that photo was so rucked up that I looked like a fucking walrus.

    A male walrus possesses the largest penis of any land mammal, both relative to body size and in absolute terms. It is up to 63cm (25in) in length.
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      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeMay 26th 2009
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    Try taking your afternoon nap with THAT information and image in your brain...
    Good night folks!